karl ammann
bushmeat activist, wildlife photographer, author;

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present features:

As CITES annual conf.
nears Karl expounds on
CITES double standards.

Karl's exposition of the
real Ivory price
in China.

Christopher Hasslet's
incredible report on the
illicit online ape trade.

An open letter regarding
developments in Guinea

concerning the illegal
export of great apes.

karl's recent Report on
, its permitting
system, with clear
evidence of its
failure to police
the trade in live animals
of endangered species

karl discusses how
disappearing wildlife,
worldwild, reappears
in Chinese Zoo and
Safari Park facilities

karl interviewed by
Southeast Asia Globe
reveals his trade secrets;
staying out of trouble,
disillusion w/progress
on illicit animal trade

CITES 2011 Guinea
Mission Report

karl comments on
Apparent drop in
rhino horn demand

karl wins another
SAB environmental
media award

Commercial Exploitation
and Cites

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Overwhelmed U.S. port
inspectors unable to keep up
with illegal wildlife trade
Darryl Fears (in Wash Post)

African fraud, local market
exacerbate illegal primate

Global Times

Media Report (in Chinese)
Southern China Weekly

the Conakry Connection
very detailed report on
great ape smuggling in Guinea
provides insight into the
worldwide animal trade.
karl ammann and others

latest (9-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

latest (1-14)Conakry
Connection update

karl ammann and others

Cites and the Shanghai 8
exporting illegal wild apes
claiming them captive bred
karl ammann

Cites and the Taiping4
more on the export
of illegal wild apes
claimed as captive bred
karl ammann

Karl's blogs for
National Geographic
tiger Trade, china's chimp
smuggling, ivory tracking,
rhino poaching and more.

Tiger farming in
SE Asia

karl ammann

more on the China-
Gorilla story

karl ammann

Cites and the illegal
trade in wildlife

karl ammann

emails/letters/issues ignored
bonobos to Armenia

GRASP correspondence on
illegal animal trade

allegations of a coverup at the
CITES secretariat

karl ammann

a fairy tale of ivory:
the ongoing tragedy of
incompetence, slaughter,
and lawlessness.
karl ammann and others

for details see this
transcript with NBouke.
karl ammann and others

the Rhino & the Bling - the
inside mechanics of the
rhino horn trade.
karl ammann

karl's latest elephant
poaching video

Millions spent on ape
conservation and where
are the results?

karl ammann

an interview with Karl
on the state of conservation,
poaching, trafficking
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Where Did All
the Tigers Go?

karl ammann

the detailed report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking

karl ammann

the updated report on
The Cairo Connection:
Ape Trafficking in Egypt

karl ammann

Tiger, Lion bones
and rhino horn

another piece in Swara

karl ammann

Tiger cake & rhino horn
from Swara, a magazine of the
East African Wildlife Society

karl ammann

Into the Asian Underworld
in Africa Geograpic's
Rhino Watch
(page 3)
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karl speaks at Foreign
Correspondents' Club of
Thailand - International
Trade in Reptile Skins

rhino versus ape

karl ammann

the rhino horn story
at consumer end
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the latest horrors of
Poaching in
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addendums to
elephants and elephant
conservation in the DRC

karl ammann

Our reptile skin trade
is now online.

Rhino Files: 333 rhinos
killed by poachers in
barbaric fashion

karl ammann
bernadette cook

Cites and the diplomatic
approach: these videos
say it does not work

karl ammann

Karl wins another
Genesis award

notes on Orang conservation
in Kalimantan - a sad story

errol pietersen

despite illegally held apes
CITES action minimal

karl ammann

asia geographic on
illegal wildlife trade

dale peterson
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africa geographic
reports on karl's
smuggling studies

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Karl's German site

of interest

karl nominated for
zoological society medal

'Canned hunting': the
lions bred for slaughter

The Guardian

Seven rhinos killed ...
Kenya's bloodiest week

The Guardian

Forestry Education info
chase g

Not on Animal Planet
karl ammann

2010 Bili-Uere Update
karl ammann

more on wildlife
trafficking from Boten -
bears, leopard, tiger cubs

karl ammann

"horrific slaughter of
elephants ... butchered
in the Central African
Republic ... "

from BBC Newsnight

HIV ignored in Natl
Geographic article on
disease transmission

karl ammann

The Protein Gap
A misleading article

karl ammann

Mass Gorilla Execution
Can we learn from it?

karl ammann

Hundreds of Elephants
killed in DRC Park

from radio Okapi

Hunting Report take
on Chimp escape

karl ammann

US Wildlife Agency
provides a bandaid

karl ammann

open letter to CITES
re: wildlife export

karl ammann

important books

elephant reflections
dale peterson
karl ammann

eating apes
dale peterson
karl ammann

consuming nature
anthony rose
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click photo to jump
to appropriate gallery

elephant gallery

predator gallery

the great apes

signature images

asian conservation

african conservation

bushmeat gallery

bili ape gallery

reptile skin gallery

tiger gallery

The Writings of Karl Ammann

Best known for the breadth of his wildlife photography, Karl's writing cuts a broad swath as well.

Open Letters / Opinion Pieces

Karl's open letters should be read; his older letters still carry resonance. Where have all the Tigers Go and its accompanying gallery tells a sad tale. His open letter to the CITES management discusses the illegal export of primates. His open letter to the Conservation Community makes sharp observations about the World Bank DRC timber plan. Your comments would still be appreciated. The open letter to James Wolfensohn, President of the World Bank, in 2002 concern the logging industry in the DRC and the World Banks policies in its development.

You'll also want to read Karl's thoughts on partnership agreements with multi national logging companies and the effects on Bushmeat Hunting. These were postings to AZA Bushmeat Email List. These dealt with meeting FSC criteria on sustainable logging and the Economic Viability of Logging in Africa and continued Bushmeat Hunting.

Also see his open letter to SECO about their funding practises. Even Greenpeace cannot dodge his wrath. And read Karl's take on the CITES maze (or mess?). Here is letter to the New Sudan newspaper about rescued Sudanese orphaned chimps And Karl's letter to PASA members. And a letter to the publisher of Hunting Report. And a letter to the editor of Kenya Nation.

More recently is correspondence relating to the trade of bonobos to Armenia as well as illegal imports and the Conakry connection to GRASP (Great Ape Survival Partnership) at the UN (UN Environmental Program). Also of intrest are documents concerning allegations of a cover up at the CITES secretariat.


Some of Karl's many many articles. For others, google him with the subject of your interest.

Tiger Cake and Rhino Horn - A Walk on the Asian wild side

Karl is convinced that Vietnam is, today, one of the key end consumer countries for rhino horn, tiger bone and bear bile products (including farms where South Korean tourists go shopping by the bus load). This tells the story of Karl's exploration of this 'wild side.'

Into the Asian Underworld - go directly to page 3 of this pdf.

Karl was probing the tiger trade in South-east Asia when he was offered rhino horn for sale. Two years and multiple trips to Vietnam and Laos later, he has amassed information that has implications for proposals to legalise trade and, if used properly, could help us fight the demand for rhino horn.

The Central African Bush Meat Crisis: A Personal Perspective from Personal Experience

In 'Africa in Chaos", George B. N. Ayittey, makes the following point: "Political correctness prevents whites from criticizing inane policies of African leaders, while black Americans often blindly defend these leaders in the name of 'racial solidarity'. As a result there is much confusion about what Africa must do to overcome its woes."

I have come to the conclusion that the above applies to the bushmeat problem as well.

An Ivory Deal Gone Bad

Some two years ago I started to regularly encounter bicycle caravans transporting smoked elephant meat from Northern Congo across the Mbomu River into the Central African Republic. When I investigated this trade, it turned out that it had become a major economic activity. Hunters and traders pointed out that it was largely a result of the war and the falling apart of the transport infrastructure (roads, bridges and ferries). Talking to traders and hunters I was told that there were no longer any coffee buyers visiting the region and that if they wanted to earn any hard currency (Central African Francs), the elephant meat was the most productive option.

For Peanuts we will get a lot more Dead Monkeys!

When do we accept that past approaches to conservation problems such as bushmeat have not and will not work, and start confronting our politicians with the fact that to persist with the current armoury of 'carrots and sticks' means there is no hope that the trend can be reversed in the future. Either they come up with the goods or let them take the blame for the future battles we are going to lose. One thing is certain: for peanuts we will get a lot more dead monkeys!

Conservation in Central Africa

What would happen if we got Ted Turner, Richard Leakey and maybe Richard Branson around a table with Bill Gates? We could give them the status of conservation in Central Africa in general, and the bushmeat issue in particular, as a 'case study', and ask them to draw up a 'Business-Like Master Plan' to deal with it ...

Conservation of the Bonobo

In 1995, while working on a bushmeat feature, I ended up in Kinshasa, in what was then Zaire. I requested an interview with a Mr. Ongaro, the GM of the SIFORZAL logging company - the biggest such outfit in the country ...

The Story of a Chimp Confiscation

"On our return from Mouloundou to Yokadouma in South-East Cameroon, we stopped at a log-storage site where workers were having a meal - of primates. We were told that a baby chimp and gorilla were being held somewhere locally." This story is a touching account of an attempt to save that orphan chimp in Yokadouma in South-East Cameroon.

Death in the Forest

This is the press release for Karl's talk, in June 1996, to the World Animal Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Other French Connection - witness to a gorilla slaughter

It is Tuesday today, and I am not sure what the date is, but it is the day after the massacre of the 5 gorillas which, when I get home, I plan to write up under the heading of: 'The other French Connection.'

Elephant Steak - the New Ivory

We came across 4 separate bicycle convoys heading for the CAR and transporting hundreds of kilos of meat - mostly from elephant but also including a chimp and a forest hog in smoked pieces.


The Cairo Connection Part II: Ape Trafficking
Enforcement Missions by CITES
Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?
Pax Animalis; a report by Karl Ammann

In 2001 the CITES Secretariat got for the first time involved in the ape trafficking issue in and out of Egypt when a deplorable case came to light. The Secretary-General took the unusual step to respond with two press releases (below).

Today we would evaluate what progress has been made in the context of Egypt and CITES compliance and enforcement.

This is what this 2011 report is all about. Please read the Cairo Connection II.

Also see an update to this report: The Cairo Connection III.


Karl has contributed to many books in his dual roles as author and photographer. You may find these referenced elsewhere on this website.

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